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7:15 PM ET, August 15, 2019

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Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Transcript of NYT's recent staff meeting, in which execs grappled with queries about a front-page headline on Trump and avoided deep criticisms of NYT's role  —  In a transcript of the newspaper's crisis town-hall meeting, executive editor Dean Baquet grapples with a restive staff and outside scrutiny.
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Inside The New York Times as it debates its coverage of Trump's racism and the well intentioned but ineffective desire to “show and not tell”  —  New York (CNN Business)Last Friday, employees at The New York Times (NYT) received an email from Dean Baquet, the newspaper's executive editor.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Behind Nate Silver's persistent criticism of his ex-employer NYT, for its 2020 polling analysis and Trump coverage, that he denies is due to a personal grudge  —  Nate Silver made his name as The New York Times' data guru, creating the methodology that predicted Barack Obama's reelection.
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Axios is beta testing software to help companies create newsletters for employees and hopes to sell companies the software on a subscription basis  —  Digital media publisher Axios is planning to enter a new business that includes selling software for helping companies create newsletters for their employees.
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Financial Times has bought a minority stake in paywalled B2B news website The Business of Fashion, which says it has 35,000 paying members and over 100 staff  —  The Financial Times has bought a minority stake in B2B news website The Business of Fashion, which sits behind a paywall.
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
More advertisers are preventing ads from appearing on political content online; out of 2,637 advertisers, 560 blocked the word “Trump”, 1,085 blocked “shooting”  —  ‘Bomb,’ ‘immigration,’ ‘racism’ and ‘Trump’ are among keywords marketers insist should not appear near their ads
Miranda Green / The Hill:
New policy rolled out by the US Interior Department's inspector general puts strict limits on the office's interactions with reporters  —  A new policy rolled out by the Interior Department's inspector general puts strict limits on the office's interactions with reporters.
James West / Mother Jones:
Sources: FBI agents began investigating American Media earlier this year, at the direction of prosecutors from the SDNY, over possible Saudi influence peddling  —  Earlier this year, federal investigators began requesting corporate documents and questioning staff at American Media Inc. …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Stephanie Grisham gave her first TV interview as White House press secretary to “America This Week” host Eric Bolling, well over a month into her tenure  —  Well over a month into her new gig, Stephanie Grisham did her first television interview as White House press secretary this week …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Sources: CBS's and Viacom's TV production entities to remain separate for now, with CBS TV under Joe Ianniello, and Paramount TV under Jim Gianopulos  —  Because they were once part of one media company that was split into two, the newly reunited CBS and Viacom's assets fit together with little overlap.
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Bryan Pietsch / Reuters:
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, an education group, urges DOJ to block the merger of textbook publishers Cengage and McGraw-Hill
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed:
A transgender employee of The Guardian resigned last month accusing it of being “an incredibly transphobic organisation”; a second employee quit weeks later
Middle East Eye:
UK admits that This Is Woke, a “media/news company” that engages in “critical discussions around Muslim identity” is in fact a covert counterterrorism programme
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
NewsGuild says it will hold a new election for national president in Nov. with the same candidates, after finding voting irregularities affected May election
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Casey Newton / The Interface:
Twitter's followable topics may open big new audiences for the company, as well as polarize them; Twitter still thinks its “trending” section can be fixed
The Information:
Ben Kaufman is stepping down as BuzzFeed CMO at the end of 2019; sources: company expects to break even this year, partly due to revenue from commerce business
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on how the Tumblr acquisition came about, what's next for Tumblr, adult content in apps, and more